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Mental health and well-being is an important part of everyday life. The way we think, feel, or react can have a huge impact on our day and overall quality of life. Research has indicated that approximately 70 percent of those with Autism have at least one or more co-occurring mental health conditions (Drexel, 2016). The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), states “in adults, some ASD symptoms can overlap with symptoms of other mental-health disorders, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),” (NIMH 2018).

Here are a few helpful tips to help stay healthy:

  • Practice healthy food choices.
  • Include moderate activity in routines.
  • Develop a healthy sleeping habit and schedule naps as needed.
  • Individuals with Autism should be their own advocate and communicate with their family or doctor about how they’re feeling.

Healthcare Transitions

Transitioning from a teenager to adult is a big step. There are many important factors that are involved, especially when it comes to health and health care. The transition from seeing a pediatrician to a doctor that only handles adult medical needs is quite a change. However, this transition is a part of the road to independence and self advocacy. Health and well-being are essential to successful independence in school, work, and other social activities.

Here are a few tips to help prepare for this new phase of life:

  • Have a conversation with your family and current physician about next steps.
  • Stay organized! Determine how you will organize your information (e.g. digitally with a phone or with a binder/notebook).
  • Find a doctor who is a good fit and understands individual needs.

Sample Transition Readiness Assessment for Youth/Young Adults, click here.

Sample Transition Readiness Assessment for Youth/Young Adults, click here.